South Central College (SCC) today held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its Crystal Valley Agribusiness Lab.
Crystal Valley donated $132,275 to South Central College’s North Mankato Campus Foundation, which covered half of the construction costs from the lab, with the other half paid for with bonding funding from the legislature in 2017 for SCC’s North Mankato Renovation project.
“We are grateful to Crystal Valley for working in partnership with SCC’s North Mankato Campus Foundation to make this sophisticated lab a reality for our students,” said SCC Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Jennifer Fager. “South Central College has been offering ag education for more than 50 years and in that time has continued to evolve its curriculum to stay in tune with the latest developments in the industry. This lab provides a modern learning environment that complements the industry relevant instruction offered by our experienced caring faculty.”
Crystal Valley serves over 2,700 agricultural producers with quality products, excellent facilities and equipment, superior service and first-class professional employees – many who were educated and continue to be educated by South Central College.
“Supporting agricultural education is crucial to the future success of not only Crystal Valley but the agriculture industry as a whole. We are appreciative of our strong partnership with South Central College and look forward to continued growth together,” said Crystal Valley Chief Executive Offer Roger Kienholz.
Approximately 100 students each year are enrolled in SCC’s Agribusiness programs. Options include associate degrees in Agribusiness Production, Ag Service and Management, Agribusiness Office Specialist/Manager, Agribusiness Service Technician and Agriculture Education Technology. The college also offers certificates in Ag Chemical Applicator Technician, AgSpark Agronomy, Professional Swine Manager, Sustainable Microfarming and Advanced Ag Technology.
South Central College has also long offered a Farm Business Management program to help current producers make the most of their operations while earning a college diploma or certificate from SCC.
“Many of the students in our Agribusiness and Farm Business Management programs are customers or employees of Crystal Valley,” said Brad Schloesser, SCC Dean of Agriculture.